CFP: Psychoanalysis and the Human (11/30/05; ACLA, 3/23/06-3/26/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Sanja Bahun-Radunovic
contact email: 

American Comparative Literature Association Conference 2006

(Princeton University, March 23-26)


Psychoanalysis and the Human

Psychoanalysis has thoroughly transformed the traditional concept of the
human. The psychoanalytic findings, such as the discovery of the
unconscious, the intersubjective figuration of the self, the subject's
embeddedness in language, to name a few, continue to challenge any narrow or
fixating conceptualization of what it means to be a human. In addition, the
new visibility escorted to mental illnesses serves as a powerful corrective
to the forcefully unifying vision of the self. These issues transform the
social apprehension of the human as much as its aesthetic figuration. We
invite proposals that deal with, but are not limited to the following set of

-Freudian reconceptualization of the human;

-object-relational mapping of the human;

-Lacanian analysis of the subject;

-subjectivity as intersubjectivity

-corrective to the notion of the human presented by the states such as
melancholia, hysteria, paranoia;

-(post) modern "human condition" in psychoanalytic terms;

-dynamic of mental processes in aesthetic production, psychoanalytic theory
and practice;

-literary refigurations of the human based upon psychoanalytic insights;

-mental illness and its literary representation.

The paper proposals (maximum 250 words) should be submitted directly through
the ACLA site: All
inquiries may be directed to: Sanja Bahun-Radunovic, email:

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